World Land Trust are pleased to announce that an incredible total of £532,000 has been raised by Big Match Fortnight to save Jungle for Jaguars in Belize.
The campaign was launched at the start of October with the aim of raising £600,000 as quickly as possible for the urgent purchase and protection of 8,154 acres (3,300 hectares) of a key habitat for Jaguars in Belize, threatened by deforestation. All donations during Big Match Fortnight, between 3-17 October, to the Jungle for Jaguars appeal were doubled by match funding.
“We are thrilled with the results of this year’s major appeal and thank everyone who donated to contribute to this success,” says Dan Bradbury, Director of Communications and Development at World Land Trust (WLT). “This has been one of our most successful Big Match Fortnight campaigns in the history of the Trust, and thanks to all of the support, our partner will be able to secure this vital jungle corridor for Jaguars and other wildlife in Belize.”
Big Match Fortnight
Previous Big Match Fortnight successes include protecting rainforest in Borneo for orang-utans in 2013, a range of habitats for big cats in 2014, a cloud forest for unique Ecuadorian wildlife in 2015, a corridor for Indian Elephants in 2016, and a Caribbean rainforest full of wild treasures last year.
“Big Match Fortnight has given all of these important projects a vital boost in funding right at the start of the appeal, and fundraising continues until the target has been met,” Dan adds. “We would like reiterate our thanks to our supporters for their help in giving important habitats vital protection for wildlife across the world.”
The funds raised by the Jungle for Jaguars appeal will enable WLT’s partner, the Corozal Sustainable Future Initiative (CSFI), to purchase 8,154 acres of forest located in an important corridor between their protected reserves, Shipstern Conservation and Management Area to the north and Honey Camp Nature Reserve and Freshwater Creek Forest Reserve to the south.
We still need to raise the balance of £68,000 to complete the Jungle for Jaguars appeal and we hope that donors will continue their generous support and help us reach our £600,000 target.